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10 cooling non-alcoholic Mexican treats for hot days

I don’t know about you, but as I’m writing this, summer is in full swing and temperatures are blazing. I’ve been having non-stop cravings for icy cold, sweet drinks to cool me off for weeks. Luckily, many of our southern neighbors are used to things getting toasty during the summer months, so let’s take an …

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Best 10 Herbs to Grow for Homemade Herbal Tea Blends

Loose-leaf teas and expensive organic blends of tea are all the rage, but did you know there’s a cheaper (and more fun!) alternative? Most of the popular herbs used for herbal teas (better known as tisane) are actually a breeze to grow at home. Homegrown herbal tea blends are infinitely more fresh, which means more …

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Easy Carrot Tart with Goat Cheese & Ricotta

This vegetable tart featuring carrots, a puff pastry crust and a tangy lemon-ricotta filling is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or Spring picnics. It’s easy and the ingredients are flexible enough to suit a range of tastes. Make ahead and keep in the refrigerator. It will keep perfectly for several days. Easiest Way to Make …

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Italian Strawberry Tiramisu Cake: No-Cook Desssert (dolce di fragole)

Italian tiramisu often involves coffee and/or eggs. This light no-cook version is made with fresh strawberries, layered on top of Italian ladyfinger cookies and topped with whipped cream and chilled in the refrigerator. There is no better dessert for Spring or Summer! What is Tiramisu? Tiramisu is a classic Italian no-bake dessert typically made with …

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Best Low Carb Root Vegetables for Side Dishes

Although root vegetables are generally higher in carbohydrates than other vegetable choices, if you choose the right ones, and roast them or sauté them without adding sugar or sauces, you can still get high-flavor (and healthy) comfort food without going over your daily carb count. What are Root Vegetables Anyway? Well, to put it simply …

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Easy Tuscan stew – white beans, cabbage and sausage

One of my resolutions this year is to include more vegetables in my recipes, but always with the criteria that they must be full of flavor and simple to cook. No bland vegetables allowed! This Tuscan stew makes use of Winter cabbage as the vegetable and adds heartiness and protein by cooking it with cannellini …

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Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Casserole – without marshmallows

Sweet potato casseroles are often way too sweet for many palates, especially when they are served around the holidays with an abundance of other rich dishes. This casserole, or side dish, gets all of it’s sweetness from the sweet potato itself and enhances the flavor by roasting it with ginger and fresh lime juice. It …

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Ritz Cracker Chocolate Cherry Bark: Holiday Cooking

Friends and family absolutely love to get surprise packages in the mail, and it’s even more special when you add a personal touch of a home-made treat. The problem with many baked goods is that they don’t ship well if they are crumbly or gooey. This chocolate bark is packed with holiday flavors, is easy …

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Low Carb Chicken Burgers (Patties) with Snow Pea Sauté

These low carb chicken burgers paired with a snow pea sauté is as fresh and easy as it gets.  The lemon and parsley give the chicken patties a lot of the high acid zest and the snow peas with peanuts add a wonderful light crunch.   As a bonus, it’s quick, easy and inexpensive! Why …

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Salmon Omelet & Strawberry Lavender Cocktails for Brunch

Brunch is often a special occasion or a social gathering and if you are making brunch at home it is fun to add some more unique dishes. A salmon omelet, strawberry infused champagne and a citrus marmalade are a few ideas to make your brunch special. Strawberry Lavender Champagne Cocktail This drink is so good …

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